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Way to go Bulldog Baseball! Beating the #1 seed 6-5. Keep it up! Cheering you on from Garnett!
On Tuesday, May 22, GPD Officers worked 8 hrs of STEP. During those 8 hrs, 19 seatbelt citations were written, along with 5 other citations for other infractions. 14 verbal warnings were given. One person was arrested for Driving while Suspended, one person was arrested for an outstanding warrant, and one person was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and No Proof of Insurance. Tell your friends, 11 more days of STEP. Wear your seatbelts and wear them properly.
Ready or not, Click it or Ticket is happening. Yesterday, officers worked 5 1/2 hrs for this campaign. In that time, numerous citations and verbal warnings were given. In total, 19 seatbelt citations were written and one person was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine. This is happening for another 13 days. Tell your friends. And wear your seatbelts.
This is why seat belts are important. This is a minor accident that caused bodily injury to a backseat passenger because they did not have their seatbelt on. Seat belts save lives--and faces.
Starting tomorrow! Click It or Ticket is on its way Beginning on Monday, May 21, and continuing through Sunday, June 3, travelers can expect increased police presence on City Streets as the Garnett Police Department joins 160 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2018 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign. This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). Enforcement will occur around the clock. Officers will be especially vigilant at night because seatbelt use diminishes after nightfall, meaning the likelihood of unrestrained crash injuries and deaths soars during those hours. Drivers can expect strict enforcement of both the Kansas Safety Belt Use Act and the Kansas Child Passenger Safety Act. These statutes require that all vehicle occupants must be appropriately restrained. Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe front seat occupants, teens in any seat position, or children under the age of 14, riding without being properly restrained. Occupants, ages 14 and over, are cited individually. In the event that a passenger under the age of 14 is observed to be unrestrained the driver will be cited. The fine for an adult seat belt violation is $30 – a $20 increase passed overwhelmingly by the 2017 Kansas Legislature. The fine for a youth (14-17) violation is $60, while the fine for a child (0-13) restraint violation is $60 + a court cost charge of as much as $108. Children under the age of four must be correctly secured in an approved child safety seat. Children, ages four through seven, must be securely belted into an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds, in which case, the booster may be removed and the child belted in without it. Children, ages eight through 13, must be safety-belted. In addition, the law prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed. For answers to child safety restraint questions and the location of the nearest safety seat fitting station, or safety seat technician, contact the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office at 1-800-416-2522, or write firstname.lastname@example.org. The aim of Click It or Ticket is simple: to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes. According to KDOT, 92% of crash occupants who suffer no injuries of any kind are belted in. At the other end of the scale only 45% of those who suffer fatal injuries are belted in. While seat belts may not always protect from serious or fatal injury, certainly no other piece of equipment within the vehicle provides more protection. Kansas’ overall adult seat belt compliance rate is 82% and ranges, by county, from 61% to 96%, with occupants in rural counties generally less likely to buckle up than those in urban counties. According to KDOT, this rural-urban difference in rates of buckling up is especially problematic because rural roadway conditions are, in general, less forgiving than those in urban areas, and the consequences of driver misjudgment – such as unsafe speed and failure to buckle up – are likely to be more severe. It is easy to see why fully two-thirds of Kansas’ fatality crashes occur on rural roadways even though they see only one-third of all crashes. Kansans like to see their state as one which protects children, and it does well with its youngest ones: overall, those aged 0-4, are buckled in to child safety seats at the rate of 97%. However, only 84% of 5- to 13-year olds are properly restrained. This means that 1 out of 6 Kansas children, aged 5-13, are made especially vulnerable while traveling by the failure of their drivers to restrain them. According to Chief King, “I want people in Garnett to remember that when they don’t buckle up themselves, or require their passengers to buckle up, they are, in effect, promising themselves and those passengers, along with family and friends not present, that no circumstance will arise that will ultimately trigger seat belt activation, whether it be due to distraction, sleepiness, kids fighting in the back seat, etc. either in their own vehicle or in the other vehicles they meet on the road. “I want people to know that, day or night, the Garnett Police Department is committed to aggressively ticketing violators of adult seat belt and child safety laws, as well as other traffic infractions – such as speeding and texting while driving – which make the need for occupant restraint so necessary. The stop will be inconvenient, your vehicle and driver’s license numbers will likely be checked for outstanding warrants and insurance, and you’ll pay $30 to the court. So, use your belt and save yourself the trouble.” Kurt King Chief of Police
We have had numerous reports of auto burglaries in town. While investigating these reported cases, we have heard from other persons that their vehicles were also entered but nothing taken. We have recovered some of the stolen property and have recovered property we believe to be stolen but has not been reported--such as fishing equipment and jewelry. Please contact the police department if your vehicle/garage/house was burglarized and make a report.
We are now out of the tornado warning and all is clear. Thankfully nothing touched down in Garnett, but still could have some damage due to the high winds. If you need emergency service, please call 911, otherwise, you can call police dispatch at 448-6823.
Garnett is in the clear at severe threats at this time.
Garnett is in a Tornado Warning. Please take cover immediately.
And it's back open. UPDATE: The roundabout is now open, however traffic is being directed through it. Expect delays. Expect major delays throughout the morning for an injury accident at the roundabout. Traffic is currently being rerouted through Sandra's and 1400 Rd.
Looks like we survived the storm. Bring on the cold front.
With this crazy wind, this is a good time to remind you of the leash law for the City of Garnett. Please keep you animals on a leash when in public.
Almost 80* today. Tomorrow, a fire danger, tornado danger, and in certain parts of the state, a winter storm warning. Make sure you know what the weather is going to do if you are traveling.
The Garnett Police Department is launching a new Law Enforcement Explorer Program. Through this program, interested youth between the ages of 16-20 can participate and learn first-hand what is required in our profession. This would be a great asset if someone is leaning towards a career in Law Enforcement. Applications can be picked up in Garnett City Hall. Please return by May 01, 2018.
If this isn't the truth, I don't know what is.
We deal with numerous reports monthly of someone texting/calling/snapping/messaging persons in a sexual nature. Talk to your kids about the dangers of online communications. This stuff is happening in our backyard. This is out of Shawnee County. Pay attention to your kids and their online activities. Don't let them communicate with suspicious persons and for goodness sake don't let them meet someone alone that they met online. Keep our kids safe. See something, report something.
To those that celebrate, Happy Easter and have a safe holiday. To those that don't, have a wonderful Sunday and be safe as well!
It's that time of year. Whatever your team, its Opening Day! (Go Royals!)
Recently, the Garnett Police Department was made aware of scams over the telephone. These reports stated unknown persons contacted them in reference to a credit card issue. While these types of scams have been going on for some time, the most recent attempts showed a Caller ID belonging to a city telephone number. It is easy for someone to use a fake phone number (Google Fake Phone Generator). There are numerous apps available where a fake number can be used instead of a real one. That being said, please be aware of transactions made over the phone. Know who you are talking to before you give out personal information. If you are not sure who you are talking to, find out their company and call the company's number back. Do not call the number they gave you as it could ring back to the scammer. Don't fall for it!